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Ehrlich Family Multigenerational Trip

by: Elaine J.  on: October 13, 2017

Thanks to the Ehrlich family for sharing these wonderful photos and comments about their recent multigenerational family journey to the Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands. "Everything was wonderful. I think this itinerary was perfect. The... Read more


Mother-Daughter Adventure in South America

by: MIRANDA R.  on: March 20, 2017

Miranda just got back from our Galapagos Land-based and Machu Picchu trip and shared with us these comments about her adventures in South America. "We loved everything about the trip. The accommodations were top notch, the meals provided were plentiful and... Read more


“Día de los Difuntos” in Ecuador (November 2nd)

by: KATIE  on: NOVEMBER 2, 2016

You may have heard about the Mexican “Dia de los Muertos”, Day of the Dead, but have you heard about Ecuador’s “Dia de los Difuntos” on November 2nd, which coincides with the Catholic holiday, All Soul’s Day? In Ecuador, Dia de los Difuntos, or... Read more


Marine Iguana of the Galapagos Islands

by: Evan Mc.   on: May 12, 2016

The Marine Iguana of the Galapagos Islands The seclusion of the Galapagos Islands has allowed for wildlife to evolve that can only be found in this part of the world. The Marine Iguana is no exception. It has evolved into the only species of iguana that... Read more


Best Trip We Have Ever Taken: Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos

by: Evan Mc.   on: APRIL 7, 2016

William and Barbara Evans traveled with six other travelers from Canada on an adventure to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Andean Discovery in January 2016. Here is what they told us about their trip: TRIP HIGHLIGHTS "We consider... Read more


Inca Trail Trek: Vlog

by: Evan Mc.   on:

Follow our Multimedia Manager Evan, along his journey from Cusco to Machu  Picchu on a 4-day trek of the Inca Trail. Subscribe to our YouTube for more videos here. For more information about our 10-day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, click... Read more


Pic of the Week: Galapagos Sunset

by: Evan Mc  on: FEBRUARY 25, 2016

This amazing sunset photo was taken in the Galapagos Islands during the Warrenfeltz's adventure with Andean... Read more


Maria’s Andean Adventure-Day 8 & 9: Pitt Point & Cerro Brujo

by: Maria P  on: February 3, 2016

Pitt Point-February 3rd The sun was very strong today, especially during our morning excursion today to Pitt Point on San Cristobal Island.  This part of the island didn’t have as much of a beach landscape as our previous visit sites, but instead... Read more


Maria’s Andean Adventure-Day 7: South Plaza & Santa Fe Islands

by: Maira P  on: February 2, 2016

South Plazas Island Our trip this morning was to South Plazas island.  This was our first chance to disembark from the pangas and set foot on the actual Galapagos islands.  The excursion was a dry landing, so we were able to step off the panga onto a... Read more


Maria’s Andean Adventure-Day 6: Galapagos Legend Cruise

by: Maria P.  on: February 1, 2016

Galapagos Legend Cruise It was another early wake-up this morning.  I met Antonio at 4:45am, and he drove me to the Quito airport for my flight to the Galapagos. Even before passing through customs on Baltra Island, it was clear to me how seriously the... Read more


Maria’s Andean Adventure-Day 5: Quito and Final Reflections on Peru

by: Maria P.  on: January 31, 2016

Quito and Final Reflections on Peru I woke up early this morning in my hotel, Palacio del Inka, to catch my flight to Quito.  I was only in Cusco for a number of hours, but wish I could have stayed longer.  The hotel itself was beautiful, and the city... Read more


Maria’s Andean Adventure-Days 3 & 4: Machu Picchu and Cusco

by: Maria P.   on: January 30, 2016

Machu Picchu and Cusco Maria Price is Andean Discovery’s Program Manager. Over the next few days she will be travelling to some of our destinations experiencing our tours first-hand. Follow our blog to keep updated on her day to day adventures! After... Read more


Maria’s Andean Adventure-Day 2: Clean Stove Project

by: Maria P  on: JANUARY 29, 2016

Clean Stove Project in the Village of Patabamba Maria Price is Andean Discovery's Program Manager. Over the next few days she will be travelling to some of our destinations experiencing our tours first-hand. Follow our blog to keep updated on her day to... Read more


Maria’s Andean Adventure-Day 1: Camelid Center, Pisac Market, and Inca Trail Section

by: Maria P  on: JANUARY 28, 2016

Camelid Center, Pisac Market, and Inca Trail Section Maria Price is Andean Discovery's Program Manager. Over the next few days she will be travelling to some of our destinations experiencing our tours first-hand. Follow our blog to keep updated on her day to... Read more


10 Strange Facts About the Galapagos Islands

by: Evan MC  on: JANUARY 26, 2016

The Galapagos Islands attract people from all around the world to come visit, due to their unique and untouched nature. The Islands' isolation has enabled for animal species to evolve that are unique and many times even strange. Scientist are constantly... Read more


Philipp Family Adventure: Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos

by: Evan Mc.  on: January 21, 2016

The Philipp family selected Andean Discovery to organize an excursion to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos for their multi-generational group of 13 people. Our Trip to Peru & Galapagos Oh goodness, where to start? Our entire family loved Peru and... Read more


The Famous “Panama Hat” Is Actually from Ecuador

by: Evan Mc.  on: January 15, 2016

Those famous light-colored straw hats that we associate with suave well-dressed men and actors in Panama, actually originated and were historically made in Ecuador. The hat’s production began as a cottage industry in the coast of Ecuador in the 1600’s.... Read more

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Quito Kicks off the Holiday Season!

by: KATIE F.  on: DECEMBER 6, 2015

Ecuador kicks off a joyful holiday season with the one of its most exciting festivals: the Fiestas de Quito. The multi-day celebration kicks off annually in late November with the crowning of the Reina de Quito (Queen of Quito), and it concludes on December... Read more


New Species of Galapagos Tortoise Discovered

by: KATIE F.  on: NOVEMBER 22, 2015

If you thought evolutionary discoveries ended with Charles Darwin, recent scientific revelations will prove you wrong. Recently, researchers confirmed that an island in the Galapagos hosts not one, but two, genetically distinct species of giant... Read more


A Spectacular Trip: Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos

by: MICHELLE R.  on: October 8th, 2015

Richard and Terri travelled with Andean Discovery to Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos in June of this year and were thrilled with their experience. “We thoroughly enjoyed every part of the trip” Terri told us upon her return “The days in Machu Picchu were... Read more


The Famous Boobies of the Galapagos

by: TROY S.  on: April 13, 2015

The three kinds of Galapagos seabirds known as boobies stand out for their attractive, and often colorful physical quirks. When visiting the Galapagos Islands, red-footed, blue-footed, and Nazca boobies capture the imagination of visitors and provide... Read more


Ancient Ruins, Wildlife, and Misty Morning Hikes: A Superb Adventure

by: Dave T.  on: March 15, 2015

Husband and wife duo Dave and Nancy recently traveled with us to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. Hoping to experience the majestic Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley and observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat, they found all of that and more on their... Read more


A Spectacular Trip: Back from Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos

by: Jaclyn C.  on: March 11, 2015

Andean Discovery guests Jaclyn and Miriam just returned from our 13-day Machu Picchu and Galapagos Land-Based trip, and report that they haven’t stopped smiling since! Describing the travel experience as “spectacular trip that we will never forget,”... Read more

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Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – John’s Experience

by: John G.  on: January 21, 2015

To get to Machu Picchu you can take a delightful Peru Rail train through the Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the village just below Machu Picchu. As you travel down the valley you pass the gateway to the Inca Trail – the famous and... Read more


The Journey vs. The Destination

by: Michel G.  on: January 2, 2015

Looking out over the gorgeous Urubamba Valley, I thought about that famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Replace “life” with “the Inca Trail”, and you have an idea of what I was reflecting on in this... Read more


Has travel changed your life?

by: MICHEL G.  on: DECEMBER 12, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of joining the Andean Discovery team. During one of my first conversations with owner Damon Corkin, he mentioned that a trip to Ecuador in high school changed the course of his life. I couldn’t help but think of the parallel in... Read more


A Memorable Family Adventure – Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & Rainforest Kayaking

by: DIANA W.  on: OCTOBER 2, 2014

The Woodhead Family Reflect on Their Trip to Peru: "By far the best part of our experience was hiking the Inca Trail! We had an amazing time on the hike and at Machu Picchu afterwards. We also enjoyed the rafting and the bike tour in the Sacred Valley. ... Read more


Inti Raymi: The Festival of the Sun

by: Cate B.  on: June 20, 2014

As the date of the summer solstice in North America is rapidly approaching, it’s a time to celebrate the longest day of the year. We revel in the warm weather, and enjoy the company of our friends and family in the great outdoors. However, in the... Read more


2014 Brazil World Cup and Ecuador’s Fútbol Mecca

by: Cate B.  on: June 19, 2014

As soccer frenzy reaches a fever pitch and all eyes are on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup matches, people are rallying around their countries and their favorite footballers. It’s hard not to be swept up in the excitement of the soccer matches, and many... Read more


Tom & Mary Reflect on Machu Picchu, Amazon & Galapagos

by: TOM L.  on: April 18, 2014

Our trip was fantastic! Very little we would change. Just an amazing experience with very fond memories, great guides, very good travel connections, hotels…It’s hard for anything to compare to the Galapagos, so I guess that’s the part we would say we... Read more


Ancient Incan Language Thrives on the Streets of Lima

by: KRISTIN D.  on: MARCH 17, 2014

Walking the streets of Lima, the past and present interact like a pair of lovers in a graceful dance. Modern skyscrapers stand beside 16th century churches built by the Spanish conquistadors; third-generation farmers brush shoulders with businessmen, and... Read more

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Carnival in Peru: A Walk on the Wild Side

by: KRISTIN D.  on: MARCH 10, 2014

Last Tuesday Pisac, a Peruvian village near the Urubamba River, came alive with Carnival music and dancing as villagers in colorful costumes paraded through the streets. Peruvian culture is a mix of local customs and Spanish-influenced Roman Catholic... Read more

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Celebrating Fiestas de Quito

by: Marsea N.  on: December 10, 2013

For over 50 years residents of Ecuador’s capital have celebrated the founding of their city during a week-long party—Fiestas de Quito. Beginning at the end of November, work in Quito all but ceases as locales take to the streets for hundred of scheduled... Read more

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Treading Lightly: Peruvian Sandals

by: Marsea N.  on: November 27, 2013

In the rural communities of the Peruvian highlands, ojotas are the footwear of choice for both men and women. Made from recycled tires, they are inexpensive, durable, and eco-friendly. The rubber is cut, bent, and woven and can easily last decades. Though... Read more

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Five Reasons to Hike the Inca Trail

by: Marsea N.  on: November 20, 2013

Peru’s 28-mile Inca Trail—once part of the Inca’s impressive transportation system—is typically broken up into four days of hiking. It’s considered one of the best treks in the world, and with good reason. 5. No intense pre-training required. Most... Read more


Reserva Amazónica Wildlife Lodge – Peru

by: Marsea N.  on: Oct 24, 2013

Traveling to Inkaterra’s Reserva Amazónica Lodge begins in the small Peruvian town of Puerto Maldonado. From there visitors board a motorized canoe and travel along the winding Madre de Dios River through some of the world’s most pristine rainforest.... Read more


Our Five Favorite Galapagos Animals

by: Marsea N.  on: Oct 23, 2013

Narrowing down our favorite Galapagos’ wildlife was no easy task. There was arguing, some pleading, a bit of silent treatment, but eventually we whittled down our list to the following: 1. Galapagos Sea Lion. Upon arrival, it won’t take long before you... Read more


Cuenca, A City of Many Hidden Gems

by: Damon C.  on: Sep 4, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to get reacquainted with the city of Cuenca and the surrounding highlands, located in the southern Andes of Ecuador. This place is absolutely amazing! I spent three full days in and around Cuenca and am already starting to plan... Read more


A Rural Homestay in Ecuador’s Andean Highlands

After waking up at 7:45, I joined my host mom and dad for breakfast. We ate a smattering of traditional foods including bread and blackberry marmalade, oatmeal colada, eggs, potatoes, and sweet tea. My host dad then showed me how he makes wool ponchos and... Read more


Patterns of the Incas – Ancient Weaving Traditions

by: Linda B.   on: June 19th, 2013

A kaleidoscope of textiles greet your eyes almost everywhere you look in Peru’s outdoor markets and shops. Vibrantly colorful, the woolens from sheep and llamas are woven into dresses, belts, blankets, and other items. Their Inca patterns are as ancient as... Read more

Giving Back


Sending Supplies to Ecuador Earthquake Victims

by: Evan MC  on: APRIL 25, 2016

As part of our commitment to responsible tourism and ensuring the well being of the people and places we visit, Andean Discovery donated money to buy supplies for victims of the recent earthquake in Ecuador. Andean Discovery team members Evan and Melina... Read more


Inspiration to Overcome Obstacles: A Blind Man Runs The Inca Trail  

by: KATIE F.  on: NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Navigating 26 miles of rocky, narrow trails, alongside dangerous drop-offs is not a trivial undertaking even for typical athletes.  The challenge is amplified when you ascend 1,500 uneven steps up to an elevation of 14,000 feet, where the altitude makes it... Read more


Student Reflects on Building Clean Stoves in Peru

by: Neha K.   on: July 17th, 2013

My time working on the Clean Stove Project in Peru has been one of the most meaningful experiences in my life and has fueled my love for service. I have traveled around the world since I was a young child, but have never engaged in a country the way that I... Read more


Exposing Reality to Students via Travel and not TV

by: Linda B.  on: June 18th, 2013

Most travelers bring home a trinket, souvenir, or knickknack from a trip. Students from the New School of Northern Virginia returned home with a purpose. It was to improve lives of some Peruvians they met on their trip in 2011. Andean Discovery designed... Read more

Local Cuisine


Traditional Ecuadorian Ceviche Recipe

by: Evan Mc.  on: March 10, 2016

Ceviche is a seafood dish that is commonly made in the coastal regions of Latin America. Each country and region has its own style of ceviche. This particular family recipe is from the Manabi region of  Ecuador. It differs from the popular Peruvian... Read more


Turkeys for Andean Discovery Team Quito

by: Damon C.  on: December 22, 2014

For decades, companies in Ecuador have recognized the hard work of their employees by giving them turkeys, which they eat on Christmas Eve with their families. This holiday season I had the wonderful privilege of continuing this long-standing Ecuadorian... Read more


(Guinea) Pigging out in Peru and Ecuador

by: MARSEA N.  on: MAY 14, 2014

When Westerners see a guinea pig—those beady eyes and delicate whiskers—their reactions are typically, “Awwww.” But for locals in Peru and Ecuador, a more typical response is, “Mmmmm.” Guinea pigs are known as cuy in Peru and Ecuador and are... Read more


A Taste of Paraíso

by: KRISTIN D.  on: FEBRUARY 23, 2014

To imagine the taste of cuerito, a mouth-savoring Ecuadorian delicacy commonly found at roadside stands in Colta, a village in the Andean highlands, multiply the delicious taste of bacon times ten. Then factor in a whole lot of love from the cook, a... Read more

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Recipe: Potato Soup with Avocado

by: Lucy W.  on: Oct 24, 2013

We took our animal-loving grandson on a thrilling journey to the Galapagos Islands last spring – a place of beauty, mystery and rich history. We saw Blue-footed Boobies, albatross, reef sharks, giant tortoises, and hundreds of other interesting creatures.... Read more


Praise the Potato!

by: Linda B.  on: July 8th, 2013

Potatoes – how do you like them? Mashed, baked, and made into a creamy soup or salad? Or do you like chomping on an endless array of flavored chips? In South America, especially in Ecuador and Peru, there are over 3,000 different types of potatoes. The... Read more

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Ehrlich Family Multigenerational Trip

1-2-X3edit Thanks to the Ehrlich family for sharing these wonderful photos and comments about their recent mult...

Mother-Daughter Adventure in South America

image_edit098featured Miranda just got back from our Galapagos Land-based and Machu Picchu trip and shared with us these c...

"Día de los Difuntos" in Ecuador (November 2nd)

nov-2-3-featured You may have heard about the Mexican “Dia de los Muertos”, Day of the Dead, but have you heard a...

Pic of the Week: Lake Titicaca

lake-titicaca-feature Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is located on the border of Bolivia and Peru....

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